Care2 Petitions user Shirley Burns launched an online movement to ask Twitter to ban the President-elect’s social media account. Burns argues that Trump has repeatedly violated Twitter’s service terms on “hateful conduct,” and the site should enforce their own rules by suspending him.
“By locking or suspending Donald Trump’s account, Twitter can send a powerful message that hate is not accepted or condoned on their platform,” Burns writes. “This is not a free speech issue. Trump can spew all the vitriol he wants at his rallies and any other public place. However, Twitter, as a third-party, has every right to define what type of content is allowed on their platform.”
Trump’s Twitter antics have created major controversy for himself, both before and after he won the 2016 election. Burns warns that if Twitter doesn’t take Trump’s account away, he’ll keep using it to “spread false information and propose monstrous ideas,” while also turning it into a “state propaganda machine.”
Twitter has been launching a crackdown on accounts known to be affiliated with online abuse from the alt-right. On whether they would ever consider suspending Trump, Twitter recently stated that “the Twitter Rules apply to all accounts, including verified accounts,” and they would monitor Trump’s account accordingly.
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